Carol Gee is Professor of Mathematics and Department Chair.  Her research interests include low-dimensional topology, knot theory, and the scholarship of teaching and learning -- in particular, inquiry-based learning, specifications-based and standards-based grading, flipped classrooms, and teaching with technology. 

In addition to her role at St. Edward's, Carol is mom to four wonderful kids.  Most of her hobbies these days center around family life, kids' activities, and scouting, but other past and present hobbies include:  watercolor, pysanky (Ukrainian egg decoration), lampworking (small glass sculptures and marbles), crochet, bicycling (including two MS-150s a very long time ago), rock-climbing (where she met her husband), reading, baking, and traveling. 

Academic Appointments

  • Professor                                                                                                                                          2018 - present
  • Mathematics Department Chair                                                                                             2011 - present
  • Associate Professor (tenured 2015)                                                                                            2011 - 2018
  • Assistant Professor, St. Edward's University                                                                          2006 - 2012
  • VIGRE Visiting Research Assistant Professor, University of California -- Davis       2004 - 2006

Year Started


  • Ph.D. in Mathematics at Rice University, Houston, Texas, 2004
  • B.S. in Mathematics (with concentration in Computer Science) at University of Dallas, Irving, Texas, 1999.

Achievement & Involvement

Honors and Awards

  • Innovation Fellowship, St. Edward's University, 2014
  • MAA Project NExT Fellowship, 2006 - 2007
  • Phi Beta Kappa, inducted 1999
  • Goldwater Fellowship, 1998

Community Service

  • Cub Scout Pack 218, advancement coordinator
  • Boy Scout Troop 967, committee member

Organizations, Boards and Memberships

  • Mathematical Association of America
  • SigMAA on Inquiry-Based Learning
  • SigMAA on Undergraduate Research
  • SigMAA on Quantitative Literacy
  • Council on Undergraduate Research
  • Academy of Inquiry-Based Learning
  • Math Alliance and Gulf States Math Alliance
  • Project NExT (2006 Sepia Dot)



My research interests include low-dimensional topology and knot theory, inquiry-based learning, and teaching with technology. Research projects with undergraduates have included topics in knot theory, graph theory, game theory, abstract algebra, and hyperbolic geometry.  

External Grants

Active Grants

<li>National Science Foundation S-STEM grant (NSF DUE-1356496), Rewarding Achievement in Mathematics and Science, 2014-2019, $729,390. &nbsp;Role:&nbsp; co-PI.</li>
<li>National Science Foundation INCLUDES WATCH-US subaward, “Women Empowered through Graduate Opportunities Awareness Transformation (weGOAT),” 2017-2018, $4475.&nbsp; Role: co-PI.</li>

Previously Awarded Grants

<li>Educational Advancement Foundation grant to develop and pilot new course "Inquiry &amp; Proof"&nbsp; 2014-2017, $15,960.&nbsp; Role:&nbsp; Primary Investigator.</li>

Publications & Articles


  • J. Callahan and C. Gee, Aesthetics in a Mathematics for Liberal Arts Project, Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, 7(1): 139-146, 2017.
  • J. Callahan and C. Gee, Assessing Online Homework in Mathematics for Liberal Arts, Proceedings of the 2014 Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning.
  • C. Gee. Strong S-equivalence of ordered links, Journal of Knot Theory and its Ramifications [17 (2008), no. 8], 961--981.

Department Group

School Group

School of Natural Sciences